Lola Rosario (Priscilla Rosario) is a boxer. She knows she is good and is coming up to her first professional bout. But Lola has battles she fights everyday outside of the ring as well. Her father, an old fashioned Hispanic man, believes women should act like ladies and despises that his daughter boxes, a sport he thinks should be exclusive to men. Lola also fights a daily battle for love. In a passionate lesbian relationship, Lola also has a man in her love life as she seeks to discover which path is right for her.
Split Decision is written and directed by Antoine Allen and is clearly a film made with passion. The budgetary constraints of the film are evident in a few areas, namely in some of the acting, but also in the story itself. I couldn’t help but feel that Split Decision was an apt name for the film as it felt like it couldn’t make up its mind what it was about. On one hand it was a film about a young boxer trying to make it despite the obstacles in her way; on the other hand it was a film about a lesbian trying to decide if her lifestyle was the one that felt right for her. Perhaps these things would not have been issues had the run time been longer, but in the just over half an hour length, the two storylines felt rushed together and not cohesive. Given a longer runtime I think there would have been more time to explore Lola’s career and personal choices. Regardless, the film is well shot with some good performances, especially from Alan R. Rodriguez as Lola’s dad and by Priscilla Rosario herself in the lead role. The boxing scenes were well staged except for a couple of punches thrown that looked much too set up and fake. Overall, I felt that with a little more time to make the film longer, and a little more time spent on properly staging the boxing could have substantially improved the overall film.
As it stands, Split Decision is a little film with a lot of heart and I would be very interested to see what Antoine Allen could do with more resources.